SAN FRANCISCO — A homeless man who has lived across the street from a California school for more than two years is causing a stir with a sign that reads, “Free fentanyl for new users.”
“Did you give away fentanyl?” “Was it just a joke?” asked Dan Noyes, an investigative reporter at our sister station KGO.
“No, that’s not a joke,” Adam Moore replied.
Moore said he only passes along the medicine other people give him in exchange for blankets and supplies he provides.
“I have been homeless in San Francisco for 26 years,” he added.
Moore is a convicted sex offender who set up camp across from a Catholic elementary school in San Francisco more than two years ago, but it was his signs offering free drugs that led authorities to send him out Thursday. KGO saw the headline in the San Francisco Standard and had to look at it. Things got heated when a parent at the school apparently punched Moore in the face.
Moore: “So they bring me trash they looted, things they think are valuable, or they give me some of the medicine they have, which I don’t.”
No Yes: “You’re exposing elementary school children to this? That is not right. Did you know that?”
Moore: “No, no, it’s superficial.”
No Yes: “I mean, the kids, the kids come out of school and see this.”
Moore: “Yeah, I just live by two rules: Be kind to others and make it look easy for kids.”
The Richmond County police captain told KGO that they recently attempted to investigate Moore undercover, but he did not have any drugs on him at the time. However, it is his past that raises some concerns. Moore is listed on the Megan’s Law website for “lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.” However, Moore maintains, “I was innocent of all the charges I was accused of.”
Moore is apparently not considered a “high-risk” offender, so he doesn’t have to follow the rule of staying 2,000 feet from a school.
SFPD Captain Chris Canning stated, “I have been told that he is in compliance with all components of his gender registration.”
However, Canning said that under new guidelines, officers are allowed to enforce rules against camping on sidewalks, and that’s exactly what they did on Thursday. The I-Team was on scene when Moore declined an offer of accommodation. His answer? “I will never voluntarily lock myself up.”
Additional officers arrived, along with a homeless response team from the Healthy Streets Operations Center. They took bicycles and other items that Moore willingly gave up, and allowed him to keep an electric bike and other personal items. When the news team left, the team hoped Moore would willingly move on – which would be a relief to the school’s parents and nearby residents.
“I’m also worried about my wife walking around alone with our baby. Somehow I always want to be there because you never know. And it just sucks to always have this feeling of extra vigilance. In an area where that’s the case.” “It’s supposed to be quiet and residential, right,” said neighbor Jon Chintanaroad.
Moore received a criminal complaint Thursday for assault during an altercation with a parent at the school. He in turn filed a complaint of assault against this father.